The Warriors of Alta-Aurelia picked up their third consecutive victory and fifth overall win of the year, after defeating the Storm Lake St. Mary’s Panthers on Monday evening by a score of 10-0. It marked the 16th overall win for Alta-Aurelia in the series matchup and the sixth straight shutout between the two clubs.
Four runs were scored in the bottom of the first inning after an initial strikeout from Panthers Starting Pitcher, Neely Bacon. Both Shea Peterson and Lucy Gunkelman scored the first two runs for the Warriors. Peterson was walked to get on first base and Gunkelman was later hit by a pitch. Nora Peterson and Jaci DeGroot scored the next two runs of the inning after being struck out but wild pitches got behind Catcher, Isabelle Landgraf.
Wild Pitches contributed to six of the Warriors’ 10 runs, including the game-ending 10th run. Pitching-wise, Alta-Aurelia’s Lily Reeves delves 45 total pitches with four strikeouts. She was able to hold all the runners on base, especially in the top of the first when St. Mary’s had runners on first and third with one out.
On the other side, Bacon threw 65 pitches with six strikeouts. Of those strikeouts, four got away from Landgraf prompting the Warriors to advance runners on the bases and later score.
Alta-Aurelia now improves to 5-4 on the year, with a busy week ahead. They will be on the road for their next two games Tuesday and Wednesday versus Trinity Christian and Newell-Fonda before returning home on Friday for a game with Southeast Valley.
Storm Lake St. Mary’s falls to 0-4 on the season with their next game at home against Pocahontas Area on Wednesday, then hitting the road Thursday in Lake View to take on East Sac County.